operation: operation


In about 6 hours I’ll be on the way to the hospital for my first-ever game of real-life Operation!  It’s minor surgery to fix my twisted back (loyal Darth Mojo readers will remember my car accident from a few months back) and I’m assured it’s all very routine, but of course the whole thing is scaring the felgercarb out of me; what if my nose suddenly buzzes and glows red?  Nevertheless, I promise to come home in one piece if not only because I want everyone to see what my top-secret “LLT” project is all about.  It’s important to have something to live for, right?   In lieu of the traditional wife and kids, I’ll happily settle for making sure my professional aspirations go the distance.  In any case, assuming I get to go home at the end of the day, by this time tomorrow I’m sure I’ll have a whole slew of laff-riot tales from the operating room.  So say we all!

In the meantime, tell me what your favorite “operation scene” is from the world of sci-fi movies and TV.  I’ve had my thinking cap on for a few minutes and, predictable as it sounds, the operation on Adama in the original BSG episode “Fire in Space” was fairly gripping.  The episode itself was only slightly above average, but it had some great moments – the bridge getting trashed was pretty cool (who could forget the shattering of the huge glass navigation grid?) and Adama uttering “Vipers will be our eyes” during his surgery was memorable.

Tell us your  favorite bed-ridden moments from sci-fi!

32 Responses to “operation: operation”

  1. 1 Lee
    March 30, 2009 at 1:29 am

    How about the alien-autopsy scene in Independence Day? Brilliantly parodied in Muppets in Space. Good luck!

  2. March 30, 2009 at 3:36 am

    The bomb in a body episode of Grey’s Anatomy, of course that show is kinda focussed on operation scenes (or now I think of it not at all, but mostly on drama/the human condition in hospitals), but this one is still pretty memorable; as it is very well written and it has Christina Ricci as a guest star, who is a great actress.

  3. 3 Boris
    March 30, 2009 at 4:46 am

    But what if you become Bionic Mojo and start generating starfields in your head for any position in the galaxy, as well as perfectly Newtonian fighter movements?

    Anyway, good luck with the operation.

  4. March 30, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Theres that TNG where they take Worfs spine out.

    Good Luck M!

  5. 5 Bronson BeerBelly
    March 30, 2009 at 5:34 am

    The opening credits from The Six Million Dollar Man.
    It seemed so high-tech at the time. A pity $6m will barely cover the HMO deductible on a NON-cyborg these days.

  6. 6 The Hey
    March 30, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Any operating scene in the movie M*A*S*H. An oldie but a goody.

    Good luck!!

  7. March 30, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hang in there, we’re all supporting you. I was gonna say “see you on the other side…” but not appropriate. Good luck!

  8. March 30, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Spock’s Brain :-)

  9. March 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    That scene in Iron Man where Pepper Potts has to pull the old arc generator out of Tony’s chest cavity and put a new one in.

  10. 10 ety3
    March 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Good luck under the knife.

    As for SF surgeries, … there’s “Balance of Terror”‘s Spock/Sarek scene while the Orions were attacking, complete with green blood circulating in the tubes. Luke getting his new hand in “Empire” was pretty impressive to me as a little kid. Likewise, Anakin getting suited up in “Sith” was rather awe-inspiring. The T-800 cutting off his forearm skin (I almost typed “foreskin”) to convince Miles Dyson in “T2” was badass. Lest someone forget, I’ll toss out Worf’s spine replacement in TNG’s “Ethics,” complete with vertebrae dripping in lavendar blood (thanks for that one, MPAA and STVI).

    Now that I’ve sucked up all the dorkitude in the room, I’ll stop.

  11. 11 alce11
    March 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Does Baltar with Six and Deanna counts as bed-ridden?

  12. 12 Guise
    March 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    The sickbay in Nostromo!

  13. 13 Snafu
    March 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Xena discovering cardiac massage in the last episode of Xena: Warrior Princess’ 1st Season, “Is There a Doctor in the House?”. What can I say: I love Lucy (and Renee) :)

    Starbuck Red Nosing that poor poor Cylon Raider. Do Cylon Raiders go to heaven?

  14. 14 darthmojo
    March 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Hey everyone this is mojo reporting live and direct from room 414. Yes, LIVE! Everything went well and the op was an arousing success. Thanks for all the well wishes and there will more to come soon…

  15. 15 Towaway
    March 30, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    All good thoughts to you. Enjoy the pain killers!

    Been under the knife twice myself so I know what you’re going through. Hope you’re back on your feet soon.

  16. 16 Buckaroohawk
    March 30, 2009 at 8:35 pm


    As I am still recovering from my own recent neck surgery (the removal of two damaged discs in my spinal column), I can understand your trepidation at going under the knife. I’m glad to hear it went well. You took your laptop to the hospital? Now that’s dedication! Wish I’d thought of that during my stay. It would have made the days much less tedious.

    Best sci-fi operation scene? Hmmm…not really into stuff like that, but how about the TNG episode “Tapestry?” We never see Picard being operated on, but we follow him through an amazing vision quest with Q. Does that qualify?

  17. 17 Colonial Warrior
    March 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Glad to hear that your doing good and all went well. Now make sure the didn’t leave anything inside by accident.. :)

  18. March 31, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Hey, Mojo,

    Glad your operation went down smoothly; having the surgery at the CMDF hospital (home of the Proteus!) was a good choice.

    Just wanted to say Thanks for your part in making Battlestar Galactica such a fantastic show. I’m still on a buzz from watching the finale (maybe because I only watched it online on Saturday!).

    I look forward to more of your amazing work soon.



  19. 19 Andy
    March 31, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Good to hear that it went well, speedy recovery.

  20. 20 Melchior
    March 31, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Arousing success? Did you have cute nurses? :)

    Glad to hear you are doing well! Hope you have a speedy recovery.

  21. 21 The Lobby Lurker
    March 31, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Glad to hear you are alive and well (as well as YOU can be anyway) and the surgery left you with a spine. When do you get the brain and heart? :)

    Kidding aside, glad it went well and here’s to a speedy recovery.

  22. March 31, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Something is amiss… room 414… is in the MATERNITY WARD!!!! Mojo??? is there something you didn’t tell us???

  23. 23 darthmojo
    April 1, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I’m finally home now and can happily report that if anyone ever asks me “what’s the worst pain you’ve ever had,” I have a definitive answer.

    The surgeon REALLY undersold the amount of post-surgical pain I would encounter. “A litte discomfort for a few weeks” is what he said. Well, this is “a little discomfort” in the same way that Harvey Fierstein is “a little gay.”

    On a scale of 1-10, this is definitely 11. Just THINKING about standing up sends knife-wielding nerve impulses through my back. But it’s ok, I’ll pull through because I’ve got FAITH OF THE HEART! No one’s gonna bend or break me. Actually, someone DID bend and break me, so so much for that theory. But seriously folks, as long as I’ve got painkillers and ice cream, I’ll hang in there. Can you tell I’m on painkillers right now? I feel so much closer to Elvis. Hmmm, maybe I should avoid the toilet for a few days…

  24. 24 _pole
    April 1, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Hey Mojo,

    also a speedy recovery from me! Live long and (above all) prosper!

    And noooo we couldn’t tell you’re totally drugged… could you sing us some more theme songs? :D

  25. 25 Cap'n Ho
    April 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Glad to hear you’re doing OK. Sorry to hear that you are having some pain, but doctors ALWAYS lie about that…

    Hope you are back on your feet soon!

  26. April 2, 2009 at 2:42 am

    That must be some hellagood ice-cream. Best of luck with it, man.

  27. 27 ety3
    April 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I hope the recovery’s going well. Care to dazzle us with the precise medical terminology you’ve absorbed?

    Meanwhile, I’d like to correct myself. I typed “Balance of Terror” above when I obviously meant “Journey to Babel.” Both guest starred Mark Lenard so I guess that’s why my brain messed it up.

    I figured I’d also point your way to starship designer John Eaves’ blog, in case you didn’t know it existed: http://johneaves.wordpress.com/

    Pretty cool stuff.

  28. April 2, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Have you ever heard of chiropractic? It’s a non-surgical alternative medicine that can quite do wonders for your body.

  29. 29 James
    April 3, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Good luck, and the stars be with ya, lad!

  30. April 3, 2009 at 8:33 am

    “But it’s ok, I’ll pull through because I’ve got FAITH OF THE HEART! No one’s gonna bend or break me.”

    I am a time traveller from the future and I am here to tell you that your post involving this quote will reignite interest in “Star Trek: Enterprise”. Soon you will start worshipping that series again and declare it as the best Star Trek series ever to the point where fans will rally behind you and want nothing but more Enterprise. This will cause the new Star Trek movie to never be released. My mission is your destruction. You must not resist. I’d give you evidence, but there’s NO TIME*!

    *Even though I have a bloody Time Machine where I can go anywhere at anytime, there’s still NO TIME!

  31. 31 Fan Railer
    April 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    you’ll pull through;)
    my favorite scene of an operation was in BSG when Cottle cut off Gaeta’s leg…
    that must’ve sucked.

  32. April 11, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    hei mojo, hope everything is fine… well, you might be at home now, though ive found this:

    seems pretty cool

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